Published February 28, 2020

BEER + BITES Fifth Annual craft brew tasting returns to Memorial Hall on April 4. (Courtesy Photo)

MELROSE — Melrose BEER + BITES is pleased to share that tickets are on sale for its fifth annual local craft brew tasting fundraiser at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street, Melrose on Saturday, April 4 featuring breweries that include Lord Hobo, Bent Water, Downeast Cider, Mighty Squirrel, Harpoon and many more.

The event will offer two tasting sessions (from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.), and guests will have the opportunity to sample an assortment of locally produced beers, ales, and cider, as well as wine and appetizer “bites” and other food offerings from area restaurants and retail businesses. BEER + BITES is expected to feature more than 25 tasting stations, and openings remain for businesses interested in participating. Contact event organizers at to share an interest in participating. Event sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Tickets to Melrose BEER + BITES are $40 online at Eventbrite (plus payment processing fees). Visit for additional event information and a link to tickets. If tasting sessions do not sell out in advance, tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event. If an early sell-out occurs, there will be a waitlist (and BEER + BITES was able to accommodate the waitlist last year). All tickets include a $1 donation to the Memorial Hall Restoration Fund.

When purchasing tickets, please remember that Melrose BEER + BITES is a 21+ event. All guests must present a valid photo ID to gain admittance.

This popular fundraiser benefits Melrose Highlands Congregational Church and the programs and outreach it supports, including mission trips, feeding ministries for A Servant’s Heart Food Pantry and Bread of Life, youth service opportunities such as Common Cathedral and City Reach, and support for area families through initiatives such as the Giving Tree, Birthday Wishes program for homeless children, MLK Jr. Day of Service, Rosie’s Place gift bags, and the Refugee Immigration Ministry.

A portion of event proceeds also goes to the Building Fund of the Bread of Life of Malden, a feeding ministry that distributes the equivalent of one million free meals each year to hungry, homeless, and isolated people. Its services include evening meals four nights a week in Malden, food pantries in Malden and Everett, grocery delivery to senior citizens in public housing in Malden, Everett, Melrose, and Medford, and food delivery to at-risk teens and homeless families sheltered in local motels.